Lookout! Tennessee Takes Commanding League In Southern League Semis

Lookout! Tennessee Takes Commanding League In Southern League Semis

Friday Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 10:15 p.m.

CUBS Tennessee AA
Blake Lalli continued his domination of Chattanooga Friday night at Smokies Park as Tennessee routed the Lookouts, 10-4, to take a 2-0 lead in its Southern League semifinal series. The Smokies can go for the sweep Saturday night in Chattanooga.

Lalli had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. He has four hits in eight at-bats through the two games with a homer and six RBIs. Lalli had only five RBIs in 17 regular-season games against the Lookouts.

He had help, though. Steve Clevenger had a pair of hits and drove in two while Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and scored twice as the Smokies rallied from a four-run deficit with a six run second inning.

The Lookouts knocked out Ryan Searle, who allowed all four runs in two innings. Oswaldo Martinez, who picked up the victory, came on and tossed three shutout innings to put Tennessee in control of the series. The two hits allowed by Martinez were the only two the Smokies pen surrendered.

Daytona A
Elliot Soto and Chad Noble had run-scoring hits in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Daytona a 3-1 victory over St. Lucie in the first game of the Florida State League finals at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Yoannis Negrin earned the win.
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
Mobile picked up a 7-5 victory Friday night at Regions Park to even its Southern League semifinal playoffs series with Birmingham at a game apiece. Hector Santiago allowed six runs in 3 13 innings and was charged with the loss. He gave up seven hits and walked four. Jake Oester had a homer and two RBIs for the Barons.
Great Falls Rookie
Qualon Millender had three hits and RBI for Great Falls, which raced by Missoula, 8-3, in a Pioneer League semifinal contest. Marty Medina added two hits and an RBI while Blair Walters, the Pioneer League pitcher of the year,struck out seven and allowed one hit over 5 23 shutout innings.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

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